Friday, November 18, 2011

Original Art Dealings

Apparently, I'm now an original art dealer.

Yep. Just like that, Yours Truly is a seller of (only the finest) original comic book art.

And, no, before you start worrying about my own financial state, I'm not selling pieces that I own. Instead, I'm helping a friend sell off some of his (staggeringly incredible) collection of art. He simply has too many things, and needs to clear out the old portfolio.

And he's asked me to help.

Which is both exciting and a little depressing. Exciting because, really, we all know that I live vicariously through comic book shop owners and this is (kind of) a step in that direction.

Depressing because I literally want to buy every piece that I'm meant to sell. Not kidding here, folks, this collection--entirely of Batman art--is amazing and some of the pieces that are now in my (temporary) possession are quite stunning.

Full body commissions by some of the biggest names in comics, covers to major Batman books, interiors from some of the best stories ever written. It's all here.

In the coming weeks, I'll post a link to where the pages are to be sold. They're not going to be cheap, but it'll still be worth taking a look at for the sheer...awesomeness...of the art.

For my part, I'm now doing some "market research" and trying to figure out what similar pages and commissions have sold for in the past. I put "market research" in quotes because I don't really consider it research at all. It's just plain fun for me.

Plus, the market shifts on a daily basis.

But I've been collecting this stuff (and following it obsessively online) long enough to have a pretty good grasp of the values of these things.

So wish me luck, Exfanders, and stay tuned for updates.

3 comments:

Joseph said...

Sounds like a fun experience :) Can't wait to see the art!

Falyne said...

.....how evil are shipping costs to California?

AJG said...

Should have the art up and ready in the next day or two. The hardest part has been figuring out what everything is worth.

As for shipping to CA, um. That's a good question, actually. I'll have to get back to you on that!